If you haven’t seen any of it on television, you’ve no doubt heard of the weight loss shows that are all over the media. Overweight people apply wanting to change their lifestyles and lose weight. They stay in a lovely house with other people going through the same challenges, and they focus on eating and exercise. It all seems too good to be true–something we wish we could take time off of work to do. However, there really are weight loss camps for adults that do things just like these shows. Is it your best option? That depends. Read on for some advantages and disadvantages to this kind of program.
If you have a week or so to take off of work and life in general, joining one of these communities can be a great opportunity. There are plenty of positives to discuss. For example, you will be surrounded by people who have felt the way you do, who have a desire to change, but who understand how difficult it can be. You will get individualized attention on the nutrition and physical end of things, where your nutrition needs and food sensitivities can be determined, and a customized workout plan can be created for you and your specific injuries or challenges. The learning that would take place in this environment would be invaluable. You’d learn not only how to change your eating habits and the best exercise approaches, but you’d learn how to change your behavior and mentality about food and fitness. It’s almost like counseling, specified to get you out of the habits you may have had for many years.
Since this opportunity isn’t a mirror image of your normal everyday lifestyle, it presents some challenges later on. It is easy to stay motivated when you’re in an environment focused on health and fitness, with healthy food around and other people sharing in your struggle. But when you get thrown back into your normal routine and are surrounded by unhealthy foods and temptations of lethargy, things get more difficult. You may not learn how to implement exercise into your routine, and you may not stay dedicated to food planning and nutrition once you leave the camp. If you were provided with some maintenance support afterward to keep you focused, it may help to decrease some of these concerns.
If you are looking into weight loss camps for adults, you will also need to consider cost and location. What type of accommodations you’d have, as well as whether or not you’d be sharing a room are other things to think about. Being that these are camps, you may find that they are only hosted at certain times of the year. So you’ll have to plan accordingly with work and other scheduling conflicts. Do a little research and decide if you think this is the best option for you. It could be the jump start you need to change your life.